Karen McaraManaging Consultant

    A Human Resource Development Professional and experienced project manager with 15 years in-depth experience in the design, implementation, delivery and assessment of company Competence, Training & Development programmes covering a range of industries, qualifications and sectors. Programmes include Leadership Development based on SVQ and Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications, Assessor and Internal Verifier training and qualifications and more…


    Highly experienced in design and implementation of training, development and assessment systems for a wide variety of sectors and qualifications including Energy, Manufacturing (Food, Paper, Textiles) and Services (Airport & Building).
    Excellent communication skills developed through coaching and mentoring individuals towards vocational qualifications in Learning & Development (Level 4) and Management (Levels 3 & 4).
    In-depth experience in the design, delivery and assessment of a variety of Learning and Development qualifications including Coaching, Presentations, Assessing and Internal Verification. Has included extensive work in the development and accreditation of training staff from professional training organisations.
    Practical skills in the development and maintenance of David Brown Training Health and Safety Policies and Procedures and Quality Assurance Policies and procedures.


    Currently working towards Level 4 SVQ in Learning & Development
    Internal Verifiers Award (Units D32, D33 and D34)
    AAT Level 2 Certificate for Accounting Technicians
    IOSH Managing Safely
    NVQ (City & Guilds) in Training & Development at Level 3
    Vocational Assessor Award (Units D32 and D33),
    Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
    BA (Hons) in Business Studies (2:1)
    NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (passed with Distinction)


    Design and delivery of training and competency systems for a number of service, drilling and offshore marine construction companies.

    Project management of professional development programme for Training & Competency professionals leading to the achievement of the Level 4 SVQ in Learning & Development.
    Managed the design and delivery of Modern Apprenticeships in Management (SVQ Level 3 and Level 4) for 50+ people.
    Delivery of the ILM First Line Manager Introductory Certificate for 20 supervisors/first line managers.
    Delivery of ILM Certificate for First Line Managers as part of in-house development programme to group of managers from across Scotland.

    Implementing major company wide customer service improvement programme for ferry operator.
    Managed the development and implementation of training manuals and assessment tools for all areas of major manufacturing facility. Involved in the assessment and certification of 100 candidates in the SVQ in Perform Manufacturing Operations.
    Managed, delivered and assessed a number of candidates in various Training and Development qualifications including Coaching, Presentation, Assessment and Internal Verification.
    Delivery of a number of ILM based Management Development Programmes to a major national public sector organisation, including Certificate in First Line Management.

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